REVIVE Your Smoothie with These 7 Ingredients

Smoothies are one of our favorite go-to options for on-the go and post-workout meals. They’re delicious and quick to make, but it’s also easy to get into a rut with the same smoothie recipe every time. Tired of your standard frozen fruit and milk-of-your-choice smoothies? We’ve highlighted seven super ingredients that will revive your smoothies from boring to BOOSTING.

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  1. Chia seeds

    How it REVIVES: Yes, chia as in “ch-ch-ch-chia pet”. When added to liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous in texture. These tiny seeds aren’t just good for growing fun houseplants; they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber.

  2. Flaxseed

    How it REVIVES: Flaxseed is another good source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and gives smoothies a nutty flavor and texture. Ground flaxseed meal is the easiest to find in your local grocery store – just 1-2 tbsp of ground flaxseed meal gives you the recommended daily dosage.

  3. Almond butter

    How it REVIVES: Revolve NYC instructor Dyan Tsiumis loves putting almond butter in her smoothie. A good alternative to peanut butter, this ingredient provides a big dose of flavor and healthy fat to give your smoothie more staying power. We like Whole Foods freshly ground raw, unsalted almond butter.

  4. Kombucha

    How it REVIVES: This gut-healthy fermented tea contains probiotics, alkalizes your body’s pH levels, and detoxifies the liver. Try adding 1-1.5 cups to your smoothie instead of water or your choice of milk.

  5. Eggs

    How it REVIVES: No need to scramble, fry, poach or boil – raw eggs can be a valuable addition of protein and fat. Revolve DC instructor Grant Hill likes to add two organic raw eggs to his grass-fed whey protein and banana smoothie after intense workouts – “tastes like banana pudding!”

  6. Silken Tofu

    How it REVIVES: A good vegan and protein powder alternative, tofu gives your smoothie that extra protein boost. Make sure to use silken tofu for the best silky smooth, creamy texture.

  7. Green Produce

    How it REVIVES: Think spinach, kale, and even avocado. Throwing some greens into your smoothie is one of the easiest ways to get one of your recommended five to nine servings of vegetables a day. Baby spinach is hardly noticed flavor-wise, while kale can result in a more earthy, kale taste. Adding 1/2 an avocado thickens texture and the healthy fat will keep your hunger at bay.

What ingredients revive your smoothies? Share your tips in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter!

REVIVE Recipe: DIY Sports Drink

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In our first installment of our new series, Revive Recipes, we’re going to make things really easy for you.  Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill’s recipe for a homemade orange-based sports drink is simple, healthy, tasty and environmentally friendly!

How it REVIVES:

A glass of this gives you water, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and more), and enough sugar/carbohydrate for an energy kick without the huge insulin response you’d regret in the middle of your Revolve ride.  The best part is what the recipe doesn’t contain: food coloring, loads of added sugar, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup.

The RECIPE:

  • Start with a glass of filtered water filled about 3/4 of the way
  • Add a quarter cup of orange juice (or juice of one orange)
  • Add a pinch of sea salt
  • Mix it all up!  The salt should dissolve in a couple minutes
  • Lemon juice (optional variation for orange haters)

Too simple not to try, right?  Bring some to your next indoor cycling class at Revolve… and thank Grant if you’re in DC!  #dontstopdontquit

Check out Grant’s Revolve Classes

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Grant’s Two Cents on Good Eats

Ever wonder what the best breakfast option is to kick off your day?  And what about those snacks that really power you through until the next meal?  If these are questions that have crossed your mind, read on!  Grant is a powerhouse of knowledge on smart eating so we asked him to share some tips on breakfast and snack choices that are paramount.

Breakfast: One word. EGGS!  They keep you going for a long time as they are the most complete form of good fat and protein on the planet.  Your body simply loves them.  PERIOD.  Some people ditch the yolks opting for egg white omelets.  This is generally due to assumptions that the yolk results in high cholesterol.  Grant offers that you should not be trashing that precious yolk.  Cholesterol does not spike from the yolk rather it is an inflammatory response due to toxins, poisons, and an unhealthy Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.  In sum, the yolk is not the bad guy!  Grant suggests local, pasteurized eggs which offer the highest contents of the “good stuff.”  There are plenty of fun way to take in eggs- hard boil them, pan fry them, scramble them, make a frittata, make an omelet.  Get creative and add various veggies, fresh herbs, low-fat cheeses and/or meats to make them as enjoyable as can be.

Snacks: Those windows of time between meals can be filled effectively with long, sustainable sources of energy AKA not carb-laden snacks.  If your meals are carb-packed, you will find yourself insatiable between meals.  This is because the intake of lots of carbs are like kindling a fire- they light up fast but the fire burns out quickly.  What does Grant suggest targeting (and avoiding) to achieve this long, sustainable energy? Here are some tips:

  • High-quality nuts and seeds like macadamia, almonds, and Brazilian nuts (Caution: Be moderate here.  A handful is just right!)
  • Home-made grass-fed beef jerky
  •  Veggie chips by Terra
  • Go easy on the fruit due to the sugar content
  • Avoid the “100 calorie” packs and opt for real food

Another idea is to consider NOT snacking at all.  Instead, fill yourself with nutrient dense meals to hold you over from one meal to the next.  Give your body the chance to naturally burn some of the stored energy (fat).  Even lean people have a reserve of about 20 pounds of fat.  Point being that you will not kick the bucket if you do not snack.  Snacking has become a mainstay because of the sugar roller coaster so many are riding these days.  Avoid the refined carbs and extra sugar and strive for real human meals packed with organic veggies and high-quality meat and not only will your energy soar on the reg, but you will be head towards the “fat optimized” zone where your body will USE rather than STORE both dietary and body fat.

The Instructors Have Their Eyes On You

Revolve instructors may seem completely focused during classes on warming you up, motivating you, challenging you, and cueing you for sprints and hills. Don’t be fooled, though. That doesn’t mean they don’t keep an eye on your form and technique.  They can see you from the instructor podium – even you at the way back on bike 37. Here are some tips from instructor Grant Hill to keep in mind, because we always want to be improving. Monotony is boring and will hold you back, in life AND in exercise.
Revolve instructors may seem completely focused during classes on warming you up, motivating you, challenging you, and cueing you for sprints and hills. Don’t be fooled, though. That doesn’t mean they don’t keep an eye on your form and technique.  They can see you from the instructor podium – even you at the way back on bike 37. Here are some tips from instructor Grant Hill to keep in mind, because we always want to be improving. Monotony is boring and will hold you back, in life AND in exercise.
ImageRevolve instructors may seem completely focused during classes on warming you up, motivating you, challenging you, and cueing you for sprints and hills. Don’t be fooled, though. That doesn’t mean they don’t keep an eye on your form and technique.  They can see you from the instructor podium – even you at the way back on bike 37. Here are some tips from instructor Grant Hill to keep in mind, because we always want to be improving. Monotony is boring and will hold you back, in life AND in exercise.